What Is NYC Local Law 33?
New York City has long been known for its dedication to increasing building efficiency and lowering pollution. For example, the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP) is a set of four regulations that mandate energy audits, retro-commissioning, energy and water consumption reporting, lighting improvements, and electricity sub-metering.
The NYC Energy Conservation Code was also created by the GGBP. Not following Local Law 33 can land you in a lot of trouble, and heavy penalties, which is why you need the expertise of NYC gas consulting companies such as Slattery Energy.
What is Law 33?
Building energy usage accounts for approximately two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions in New York City, yet we rarely get a solid picture of individual building energy efficiency.
Owners of some large buildings are obligated to display Building Energy Efficiency Rating labels in public under Local Law 33. This law will provide the public with a picture of a building's energy performance compared to comparable structures in New York City. Building owners that work hard to enhance energy efficiency will be rewarded with higher energy ratings.
Every rule issued by the city of New York aimed at making buildings more energy-efficient encourages all building owners, regardless of size, to contribute to the battle against global climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.
Local Law 33 increases transparency for everyone by requiring buildings to post their energy efficiency ratings near public entrances where all may see them. Although the law was enacted in January 2018, it will not take effect until 2020, allowing building owners time to improve their energy efficiency scores.
Under LL 84, building owners were already aware of the benchmarking program. However, it only applied to structures larger than 50.000 square feet. The NYC Department of Finance makes building performance data collected under the benchmarking statute publicly available on its website. On the other hand, the general public is unaware that this data exists, and the results are presented very technically. LL33 was established to address this problem, and energy performance is rated on a scale of A to F, which is widely used in academia.
Local Law Compliance In New York City
The ratings comprise an ENERGY STAR® score of 1–100 and an A–D letter grade. Building performance is tested against those of similar buildings, and ENERGY STAR® ratings are provided based on occupancy type.
When it comes to local laws on natural gas, you need an expert like Jim Slattery on your side to ensure you don't break the law. Contact Slattery Energy today for help on making your building compliant with all of the energy local laws.